While skylines define many cities, Evansville is distinguished by its vibrant and varied neighborhoods. Picking a corner of the city — or the greater Evansville area — for your stomping grounds is no small matter: beyond our brick homes, neighborhoods are our emotional anchors; they root our daily lives. Never mind the throwbacks insisting the only question about where to live is between the East and West sides.
May / June 2014
The central core of Evansville, radiating outward from the Downtown business grid that sits at a 45-degree angle, is really a collection of neighborhoods that demonstrate how the city grew. Most cities expand eastward first (urban planners tell us) because people traveling to their work place prefer to have the sun at their backs in the morning going to, and in the evening returning from, their jobs.
On Sept. 6, 1620, the Mayflower left Plymouth, England, carrying 102 pilgrims and 50 crewmembers. The trip marked an important, though at times tragic, beginning to the settlement of the New World.
With a decades-long career in corporate management, Rebecca Hazelton had it made — until her employer, Temple-Inland, closed the doors to its Evansville offices in 2010. Although she was nearing retirement age, Hazelton wasn’t ready to stop working. “I didn’t want to go back into the corporate world,” she says. “I wanted to do something fun. I had to reinvent myself.”
In 1907, the Southern Railway completed its new rail line from Evansville to French Lick, Ind. The new line transported coal and tourists, who came to visit the area’s mineral springs. The coal trains are gone now, as are the tracks of the old Monon Railroad, which met the Southern line in French Lick. But, thanks to dedicated volunteers and a community rebirth, the tourism business is booming again.
Jill Hollman-Walker met Sherman Greer, the now-retired Vanderburgh County Emergency Management Director, at Droste’s Jewelry Shoppe years ago and walked out knowing she was going to own and train a search and rescue dog. Walker started training her Australian Shepherd puppy, Wily, at just 10 weeks old, regularly attending canine search and rescue seminars. Wily now has 12 years of experience and Hollman-Walker owns and operates EM K-9, a nonprofit search and rescue agency.
As independent producer Jane Owen continues to work with WNIN TV on its program called “Evansville’s Great Kitchens,” she says kitchens are an extension of their owners’ personalities. Owen began working in February, interviewing homeowners from around the Tri-State, including Evansville, Jasper, Ind., Henderson, Ky., and Owensboro, Ky. The program is slated to premiere in June.
For several years, Sherry Wright hoped to relocate her family from Lincolnshire Historic District to the riverfront of Downtown Evansville. With each home that caught her attention, she called her husband Kirk and asked him to join her for a look. Each time, he responded with a simple “no.” That was until Sherry went to lunch with a real estate agent friend, who first wanted to look at a home on S.E. Riverside Drive.
In early 2012, New Harmony residents Mike and Angie Woodburn were invited by their neighbors to travel to Mount Vernon, Ind., for ice cream. But with it being a nearly 40 minute-round-trip, Mike believed the drive wasn’t worth it, especially when it meant that ice cream was from a chain restaurant. That’s when the light bulb went on.
Husband and wife team Shaun and Molly Angel are on a mission to improve the health of Tri-State residents. Their newest idea is the Upgrade Café, which offers fruit and vegetable blended juices, protein shakes, smoothies, coffees, and teas. The Upgrade Café is located inside the Angels’ Livewell facility in Jennings Station Mall in Newburgh, Ind. Livewell opened last year, and grew to include strength training, yoga classes, chiropractic, and certified health coaching.
An 80-year-old salad … sounds appetizing, right? With so many things changing in the culinary arena over the last 30 years or so, and especially the last 10 to 15 years, belief should be suspended that something so traditional can stand the test of time. But the Cobb salad has done just that, undergoing minimal changes through the years. Finding its origins in the early 1930s at the Hollywood Brown Derby, the salad is the namesake and major legacy of the former owner Robert Cobb.
Whenever I eat good Thai food, I think of that junior high biology class diagram of the tongue. It charted the flavor receptors of the tongue and it usually required a lab activity involving a sugar packet, a lemon, and a saltshaker. As a result, students learned that sweet, salty, bitter, and sour can be localized to specific regions of the tongue. Schoolteachers call it the “tongue map,” but local Thai chefs call it a canvas for adventurous palates.
July 17, 1915, was declared a holiday in Evansville. A band marched from Sunset Park all the way to the city’s brand-new athletic stadium, named after Mayor Benjamin Bosse. The Evansville River Rats, a baseball team from the Central League, won an afternoon game against Erie in front of a reported crowd of 8,082, much more than the listed capacity. On that Saturday afternoon, Bosse Field instantly became an Evansville landmark. And when the first pitch of the baseball season was thrown this year, it marked the old ballpark’s 100th opening day.
Center of Attention
Twenty-year-old Meghan Gallagher’s Facebook page says a lot about the aspiring country singer: she likes to take selfies with her parents and she is a class clown, posing with a goofy, cross-eyed grin in several photos.
We bought our first home in 1994 — a very nice home on Southfield Road in Arcadian Acres on Evansville’s East Side — one of the oldest homes in the “subdivision,” built in 1940 on a small hill at the front of the neighborhood. For the first five years of marriage, we lived in rented houses in Downtown Evansville: A Civil War-era Federal style home across the street from where children once attended classes at the old Wheeler School on Mulberry Street; another Civil War-era Federal style home, on S.E.
Chew On This
The Upgrade Café, (300 W. Jennings St., Newburgh, IN) has opened in the Livewell Building. The café will be serving healthy organic juices, protein shakes, smoothies, coffee, and tea. East Penny Lane Coffeehouse and Pub, (2004 Washington Ave.) has opened near the Washington and S. Weinbach Ave. intersection. The coffeehouse grinds out coffee, latte’s, organic smoothies, baked goods, lunch specials, and live music. Memphis on Main BBQ (118 W. Locust St.) has opened a section location in Boonville, Ind.
Check It Out
Latin Grammy Award winners Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band are playing at the Art in the Park event on June 21 at Wesselman Nature Preserve. For the husband and wife duo Alisha Gaddis and Lucky Diaz, it is a homecoming and an introduction to Evansville. Gaddis moved to the West Side when she was young and is a 1999 F.J. Reitz graduate.
It’s time for Christy Rolley to start living again. The 48-year-old Newburgh, Ind., resident has had a few “interruptions” along the way. On January 31, 2010, Rolley and her sister were sledding with their kids when the Rolleys’ tube struck a tree. Her head and back slammed into the tree, fracturing her spine and paralyzing her from the sternum down. After surgery at Deaconess Hospital and three months in Shepherd Spinal Center in Atlanta, Rolley began therapy at Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center.
One of the hottest trends sweeping restaurants is artisan flatbreads. While similar in appearance to a pizza, flatbread is made without yeast with the dough rolled very thin and baked crispy. Schlotzsky’s, which has more than 400 franchised and company-owned locations around the world, has joined the craze, revamping its menu to add four varieties of artisan flatbread.
The late radio news (television wasn’t here yet) on the frigid evening of Jan. 3, 1951, was focused on the pullout of United Nations forces from Inchon, Korea. Senator Robert Taft, a conservative Republican, was urging President Truman to declare war on China. Newspapers were clucking about Liz Taylor’s divorce from hotelier Nicky Hilton and a like-new 1950 Ford Sedan was selling for $1,500 at O’Daniel Ranes Downtown.
Shortly after last year’s Women’s Fund of Vanderburgh County annual meeting, where members listened as six organizations made presentations vying for two $35,000 grants, one woman was inspired by the story of the runners-up. In their grant proposal, Boom Squad, Inc. requested a passenger van to help in transporting the 215 students involved in their performing drum line. A woman in the audience heard their needs and wanted to help, so she raised the $18,000 needed in two weeks and gifted the van to the kids of Boom Squad.
You don’t have to be a professional landscaper to have a beautiful garden or outdoor space to enjoy. Members of the Garden Club of Henderson, Ky., are hoping their fifth biennial Gardens That Swing tour will showcase lovely and unique outdoor settings, and help provide inspiration for others in search of ideas.
When I was at Purdue University, I am sure that my parents would never have thought that they would be paying for a class in which I played in the dirt. I think that they still can’t believe that I found a career in which I get paid to “play in the dirt.” Granted my job goes far beyond just playing in the dirt all day, but dirt, or soil as we like to call it, is one of the most important materials for a successful landscape.
On June 23, the Web.com arm of the PGA Tour returns to the Tri-State with the United Leasing Championship. This year marks the last year of a three-year contract for the tour to come to Victoria National Golf Club in Newburgh, Ind.
Its curved corners and metal exterior panels make Evansville’s old Greyhound bus station stand out. Though similar structures once dotted the American landscape, only a handful remain.
Ten years ago I wrote about sailing with “Windjammer” through the U.S. and British Virgin Islands and titled the story, “Sailing Through a Postcard,” a comment my husband made as we sailed the turquoise sea into the sunset. Though the name of the company we have sailed with has changed, the experience of sailing on a tall ship through the Caribbean remains the same — paradise!
As a man who grew up just outside of Manhattan but left his native state of New Jersey to attend Arizona State University for college, Lenny Dowhie is no stranger to adventure or risks. He earned his bachelor of arts degree in art education from Arizona State, and a master of fine arts from Indiana State University. Attracted to the school’s potential, he began teaching at the University of Southern Indiana in 1978.
The photos are up, the awards and medals are on display, and a giant cartoon caricature of Marcia Yockey is greeting guests as they walk through the front door of the Newburgh Museum. As part of the Notable Women of Newburgh exhibit, memories of Yockey’s unique and eccentric life are currently on display. Collected memorabilia ranging from personal Poloraids taken during holiday parades to a television interview with David James in 1986 honoring the local weather anchor known for her wacky evening weather forecasts from 1953 to 1988.
The five current leaders (or “Doomanati” as they joke in a whisper) of The Arts Council of Doom realize it’s important for an artist to have as many connections and avenues of exposure as possible.
To show how stories in the May/June issue of Evansville Living fit into the broader context of world events, this edition of Link Up brings the Internet to you. No Google search required.
Few people realize that the Kentucky Derby is not the final race of the day at Churchill Downs on the First Saturday in May. It’s a common misconception, and after the greatest two minutes in sports, it was hard to tell by the mass exodus of the 164,906 patrons who visited the Louisville, Ky., track on May 3.